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Publications + Video:


Wentz-Graff, Kristyna. Oregonian "Cheshire Cat, white rabbit and friends attend Mad Tea Party in Portland", 5 April 2015

Curran, Tiffany. Perspective Fashion Magazine, "Valkyrie of the Armageddon", March 2015, pp.40-41.

Jean, Tami. Perspective Fashion Magazine, "Steamy Punk", February 2015, p.58-59.

Sonetics. Tow Times Magazine, January 2015.



Goodwin, Valerie S. "Art Quilt Maps: Capture a Sense of Place with Fiber Collage", ISBN: 978-1-60705-682-9, p.18, 84-85.

Theriault, Denis C. Portland Mercury, "Kink Night", 7 August 2013, vol. 14 no. 12, p.13, 15.

Hand-Eye Supply. "26 Profiles of Portland's Most Industrious Creators", Fall 2013.



Rockatansky, Mandible.     Northwest Alternative Magazine, "The Modern Designs of Fredrick H. Zal", Issue #6, October 2012, p.34-37.



Moon, Deborah.     Jewish Review, "Reserve your seat now for 2011 Chair Affair+", 15 April 2011, p.1, 15, 18.

Webber, Angela.    The Daily Journal of Commerce, "‘U’ signs a nagging problem for Portland preservationists", May 2011.



Spitznass, Jill.    Portland Monthly Magazine, " Style Council", February 2009, p.40.

Smid, Arthur.    "It’s Just Stuff Until You Say I Love It ", January 2009.

Zal, Fredrick H.    "Pre.Fab: Myth, Hype + Reality", ACSA National Conference, 2009.

Wendt, Allyson.    GreenSource, "Prefabrication's Green Promise: Mass Production Offers Unique Opportunities For Customized Green Construction", January 2009.


Schemmerer, Richard. PDX Art, "Special interview with Architect Fredrick H. Zal", Wednesday, 08 October 2008

Fitzgerald, Keith.   An Ancient Trick for Cooling Can Save Big Bucks”, Money Morning, 03 Sept. 2008

Zal, Fredrick H.    "Pre.Fab: Myth, Hype + Reality", ACSA Pre-Fabrication Symposium, 2008.

Gragg, Randy.   “Skinny City: three viewpoints on the city’s effort to design a house for the 25 by 100 foot lot.” Portland Spaces, April 2008, p.32, 34.


Joshi, Anuja.              UCLA iDesign: “Macro design to micro: Defining Architecture and Industrial Design”, December 2007.

Kirkland, John.            The Oregonian: “Back in Time: Period restorations strike balance between amenities, authenticity”, 09 September 2007, Homes + Rentals, p.H1-H2.

Cogswell, Kara.          The Oregonian: “Slim picks: New Living Smart homes give shape to Portland's goals for 'skinny-lot' design”, 08 July 2007.

Nkrumah, Wade.         The Oregonian: “Skinny-house winners to get their first test”, 28 June 2007.

Otto, Bridget A.          The Oregonian: “Material Worth: Architect Fredrick Zal draws inspiration from building materials and their history”, 08 March 2007, Homes + Gardens, p.6-9.



Chee, Angela + Mokhtari, Marsh HGtv "I Want That! Baths :Modern Station Bath”, Episode HIWTB-104

Zal, Fredrick H.           Empathic Vectors” Building Technology Educators’ Symposium, August 2006.

Redden, Jim.              Village grows into a vanguard”, Portland Tribune, 04 April 2006.

Sembrano, Ardhene.     PEARL [para]site by Fredrick Zal & Atelier Z”, Artists in International Contemporary Art Journals, South Australian School of Art, Wednesday, 27 September 2006.

Comcast Cable           “Portland Underground: Suono Angelica”, Portland Community Media

Zal, Fredrick H.           "Enlivening Portland’s Waterfront", Competitions Magazine, Spring 2006, v.16, n.1. , p.34-41, 60-61.

Tylczak, Lynn.            “Portland encourages narrow homes”, Builder News. January 2006, p.20.



Discovery                   Travel Channel, “Amazing Vacation Homes: Destination Northwest"

Williams, Lee.            The Oregonian: “Revelry most Portland: The creative hipsters of Kaosmosis seek a wider audience for its Yeti Snowball”, 15 December 2005, Living, p.E1 + E3.

Zal, Fredrick H.           Portland Monthly. “First Impressions”, November 2005, p.22.

Radon, Lisa.               UltraPDX: “Pala Showcase of Four Fashion Designers”. 09 November 2005.

Stepp, Tracy.              The SW Community Connection: “Plans Unveiled for Village Building.”, June 2005, No.147, p.5.

Zal, Fredrick H.           "Portland Tackles an Infill Issue / Living Smart: Big Ideas for Small Lots", Competitions Magazine, Spring 2005, v.15, n.1. , p.54-59 [+ Editorial: p.2-3].



Zal, Fredrick H.           Living Smart: Big Ideas for Small Lots – Designs of Excellence Monograph, “The Value of Competitions” Strategy Publishing, 2004, ISBN: 0-9763502-0-3.

Stepp, Tracy.              The Connection: “Little Village Building can’t be Saved, comes down.”, November 2004, p.1, 4.

Otto, Bridget A.          The Oregonian: “Totally FAB: Designers Roll Out Customized Modular Homes”,

                                 04 November 2004, Homes + Gardens, p.1, 18-24.

Gragg, Randy.            The Oregonian: “The design skinny”, 15 September 2004, Living, p.B1, B3.

L-Steward, Susan.      The Multnomah Village Post: “Historic Library in danger of demolition”, v.12,i.11,

                                 September 2004, p.1.

Nkrumah, Wade.         The Oregonian: “City contest hopes for fat selection of designs for skinny houses”, 09 September 2004, Metro, p.B1.

Culverwell, Wendy.      Oregon Business Journal: “Skinny houses for Skinny Lots”, 20 August 2004, p.22-23.

Fitzgibbon, Joe.          The Oregonian: “Bocce rolls into Mainstream”, 08 July 2004, Living, p. E12.



Sharp, David.              Oregon Home: "From Warehouse to WOW House: Folk art meets sleek style in the Pearl", July - August 2003, p. [Cover], 42-57.

Bancud, Michaela.      Portland Tribune: “Bocce: Design Started with a Scribble”, 27 May 2003, Life, p.B1,4.

Gragg, Randy.            The Oregonian: “Drawn to Perfection: A townhouse rehab fuses bold design and precise workmanship”, 01 May 2003, Homes + Gardens, p.1, 20-29.

Zal, Fredrick H.           NCBD 19 Proceedings: "Land|Form an.Architecture", April 2003, p.12-14

Silvis, Steffen.             Willamette Week: “Child of Pleasure”, 05 February 2003, v.29, i.14, p.57

Johnson, Holly.           The Oregonian: “Child of Pleasure is Pure Joy”, 01 February 2003, p.D8

Johnson, Holly.           The Oregonian: “Mistress with the Mostess”, 24 January 2003, Arts & Entertainment, p.49

Zal, Fredrick H.           Competitions Magazine. “New Ideas for Downtown Portland”

                                 Winter 2002/2003, v.12, n.4, p.54-59.



Classen, Allan.           The Northwest Examiner: “Italian Community Boosts Bocce Courts”, v.17.n.3.p.1,12.

Cava, John.                Arcade: “Oregon Design: a proclamation”,  v.21.n.1.Autumn 2002, p.6

Zal, Fredrick H.           ACSA West Proceedings: Imagined Realms | Remaking Worlds  “Gestalt of deFamiliarized Urbanism”, November 2002, p.257-262

Williams, Blake.         “Armadillo Zen”, Seattle Case Study Homes: a plan book of modern home designs. October 2002, p.10.

Shepherd, Julianne.     Portland Mercury: “Three Artists”, Vol. 3 No. 14, 5-11 September 2002, p.25

Zal, Fredrick H.           Oregon Architect: “Charette 2002”. Summer 2002, v.1, n.2, p.9

Libby, Brian.               NW Builder Magazine: “The Next Tall Thing”, May 2002, vol.6,no.5,p.29-31.

Gragg, Randy.            The Oregonian: “Demolition and Preservation”, 14 April 2002, Artsweek, p.F1, F6.

Seldner, Deborah.       The Jewish Review. "Finding Art in Castoffs helps her to help life's victims", 15 March 2002, p.15.

Scopel, Lee.               The Daily Journal of Commerce: “Charette competition to tackle site on Burnside.”,

                                 15 March 2002; vol.210,no.54, p.1,4.



Zal, Fredrick H.           Jewish Exponent. “Portland can be the Model for Philly’s Urban Revival.”;

                                 27 December 2001, vol.210, no.27, p.20.

Snedecor, Donald.      The Multnomah Village Post: “Historical society to discuss the fate of two old buildings”, September 2000, v.8.,n.11., p.2.

Carter, Dan                 The Daily Journal of Commerce: “Touring the Yards at Union Station”,

                                 15 June 2000, v.205,n.34.p.1

Cheek, Lawrence W.   Architecture: “Loophole Masters”. June 2000, v.89.,n.6., p.68-69, 155.

Basalyga, Stephanie.  The Daily Journal of Commerce: “Charette competition opens dialogue for ideas”,

                                 15 May 2000, v.205,n.11.p.1, 4.

Curry, Patti.                The Daily Journal of Commerce Magazine: “Urban Living”, May 2000, p.[cover], 6-10.

Russell, James S.       Architectural Record: “Profound forces are reshaping American cities”,

                                 March 2000, v.188.,n.3., p.76-82, 206-208.



Millius, Guenevere.      The Daily Journal of Commerce: “WPH’s Zal nets Intern of the Year Award”,

                                 3 December 1999, v.203,n.68.p.6

Perlman, Lee.             Northwest Examiner: “Historic Vlahakis Building getting two more floors”,11/1999, p.6.

Gragg, Randy.            The Oregonian: “Manifest Density”, 25 April 1999, Northwest Living, p.L1, L4-5.

Loving, L.S.                Our Town: “Defining Urban Modernism”, 19 April 1999, p.[cover], 6

Gragg, Randy.            The Oregonian: “Is Portland’s Destiny in Density”, 18 March 1998, Arts + Living, pC04.

Miller, Brian K.            The Business Journal: “Playing the Infill Game”, 5 June 1998

Zal, Fredrick H.           A&AA Review. “Tensioned Fabric Workshop Explores Structures.” v.XV, No.2. Spring 1997, p.[cover], 4.

Duff, Stephen.             A&AA Review. “Three Design/Build Studios.” v.XV, No.1.Fall 1996, p.4-5

Zal, Fredrick H.           Crit: The Journal of the A.I.A.S. “Architable.” Spring 1996, #36, p.48

Thompson, William.    Landscape Architecture. “Building to Learn.” March 1996, v.86, n.3, p.50-55

Zal, Fredrick H.           Oregon Twelve. “Empathy Lost.” Winter 1996, Volume I, p.43-44

Sturges, William G.     Friends of Kebyar. “Continuous Architecture: The Ongoing Relationships between

                                 Design & Construction.” V14.1, Issue No.60, Sept 1995 – June 1996; p.22-24